Do The Positions of Obama's FBI Nominee Deserve More Scrutiny?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The legality of waterboarding, the role of state-sponsored surveillance and the importance of whistle-blowers—those were just a few of the major questions thrown at James Comey before a Senate Judiciary Committee.

Comey is President Obama's pick to lead the FBI. From 2003 to 2005, Comey served as deputy attorney general under President Bush, and while he argued for the legality of waterboarding, he thought the administration should end the practice. This was a position he also endorsed in questioning by Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday.

Former FBI Agent and Division Counsel Coleen Rowley thinks some of Comey's past positions deserve more scrutiny. She joins The Takeaway to discuss Comey's positions on things like waterboarding and warrantless wiretapping as Comey's nomination moves through the Senate.

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Guests:

Coleen Rowley

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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